Israel Military Industries (IMI) has announced the release of a new 5.56mm cartridge dubbed ‘Razor Core’, optimized for higher performance. According Israel to Shmilovitz, IMI Vice President and Managing Director of IMI’s Yitzhak small-caliber ammunition division, the new cartridge is designed to achieve higher accuracy, effective stopping power at extended range of up to 600 meters.
Shmilovitz said this performance level makes the Razor Core attractive for special operations. “The Razor Core provides outstanding performance, while remaining at a very competitive price” Shmilovitz commented the new cartridge is already in production, and has been combat proven with an undisclosed customer. The 77 grain projectile is designed for use with rifles having standard 1:7 barrel twist, supporting both short and long barrel weapons, such as the M4 and M16. Its trajectory match is similar to standard ammunition, thus eliminating the need for weapon zeroing when switching ammunition types. According to IMI the Razor Core cartridge is designed for military and law enforcement applications but, its accuracy and affordability make it suitable for commercial and sport shooting as well.
IMI’s small caliber ammunition division is recognized by the Israel Ministry of Defense as the prime supplier of small-caliber ammunition to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The division manufactures a complete range of ammunition, from 5.56mm to 0.5″ (12.7mm), including a wide range of armor-piercing, sniping and training ammunition. IMI’s 5.56mm BALL NATO and 9mm BALL NATO cartridges are both NATO qualified.